Agricultural science (animal)
Johnson, Ronald R. Department of Animal Science, Institute of Agriculture, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee.
Williams, W. A. Department of Agronomy and Range Science, University of California, Davis, California.
Albaugh, Reuben Formerly, Department of Animal Science, University of California, Davis, California.
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The science that deals with the selection, breeding, nutrition, and management of domestic animals for economical production of meat, milk, eggs, wool, hides, and other animal products. The broad field of agricultural science focuses on two realms: plants and animals. In the latter case, agricultural science involves the production of animals useful to humans. In particular, it involves the breeding and management of livestock (Fig. 1). In addition, horses for draft and pleasure, dogs and cats for pets, rabbits for meat production, and bees for honey production may be included in this group. See also: Agriculture; Beef cattle production; Beekeeping; Dairy cattle production; Goat production; Horse production; Mule; Poultry production; Sheep; Swine production
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